Some simple tried and tested ideas for afternoons out with the kids and tips on how to get the most out of them.
Going out for a walk, a simple picnic or heading for the local park is an activity in itself. The key to remember this is a holiday activity. Don’t rush, allow plenty of time for everyone to fiddle about and get ready.
As an incentive to going out for the afternoon you might want to suggest a quick family tidy up session before you leave. Put the timer on and play beat the clock as you tidy around.
Keep yourself in the “slow lane” and in the “Present”. Refrain from thinking about what you have to do next – or what or where the kids have to be next. Ideally make sure you don’t have to be any where in a hurry.
Here are some simple cheap activities you can do over and over again. The key to remember is it is not what you are doing it is how much fun you can make it.
1. Feed the ducks at the local river or beauty spot.
2. Have a picnic.
3. Fly a kite.
4. Visit the local park. Play tag and hide and seek.
4. Go swimming at your local leisure centre and while you are there check out what activities they have on offer.
5. Visit the library. Not only is this an activity in itself. Choosing a book to read is fun and free and because it is the children’s choice of book they will have much more of an incentive to read it or have it read to them.
The library also is a good source of information about what is on locally and will also give you the opportunity to find out about any story time sessions the library is running.
Here are more websites with more information and ideas to help you keep the kids occupied.